Harold-A-Haddon

EDUCATION

  • Duke University, J.D., 1966
  • University of Michigan, A.M., 1963
  • Albion College, A.B., 1962

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • Best Lawyers in America for over 30 years: 2007 - 2014 in the specialties of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Criminal Defense and White Collar Litigation - Securities.
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, 2014 - Bet the Company Litigation - Denver
  • Best Lawyers Criminal Lawyer of the Year, 2012 - Criminal Defense - White Collar - Denver
  • Best Lawyers Criminal Lawyer of the Year, 2010 - Criminal Defense - Non-White Collar - Denver
  • Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense White Collar, 2011-2014
  • Denver Business Journal: Selected by 2003 peer poll of Colorado lawyers as Best of the Bar in the category of Corporate Criminal/White Collar Defense.
  • Chambers USA “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Band 1 (Listed in 2005 - 2014)
  • Recipient of 1986 Jonathan Olom Award from Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (annual award for pro bono criminal defense work)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Doyle’s Inn of Court

 

 

Harold A. Haddon

303.831.7364
hhaddon@hmflaw.com
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Hal Haddon one of the founding members of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, P.C. He has been consistently recognized by his peers as one of the top trial attorneys in the country and is well known for his vigorous representation of individuals and companies in high profile litigation. His practice currently focuses on white collar crime and complex civil litigation, and he has expertise in many areas of criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Haddon served as Chief Trial Deputy for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office (1970-74). He was also a Special Prosecutor for both the Colorado State Grand Jury (1976-77) and the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee (1978-80). Mr. Haddon was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver School of Law, teaching criminal trial advocacy (1972-73), and he continues to lecture on criminal justice and litigation topics around the country.

Mr. Haddon served as Chairman for the U.S. Attorney Selection Commission of Colorado, 1993; Federal Judicial Selection Commission of Colorado, 1994 (Chairman) , 1998, 2009 (Co-Chairman) and 2012 (Co-Chairman). Throughout his career, Mr. Haddon has served on national committees and task forces focusing on improving the criminal justice system, including:

  • ABA Diversion and Special Courts Task Force (2006 - Present)
  • ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee (2002 - 2006)
  • ABA Trial By Jury Standards Task Force (1991-93)
  • ABA Pretrial Release and Speedy Trial Standards Task Force (1999-2000)
  • ABA Commission on Complex Federal Crimes (1982)

Mr. Haddon has been actively involved in his community for many decades, serving on the Board of Trustees for Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, the Board of Directors for Fresh Start, Inc., Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado and the Duke Law School Board of Visitors. He was the Campaign Manager for Colorado U.S. Senator Gary W. Hart's 1974 and 1980 campaigns, as well as the National Political Director for Senator Hart's Presidential Campaign in 1987. He was also the Finance Chairman for Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm's 1978 Campaign.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Frederic Bourke (2009-present) Southern District of New York indictment for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, false statements and money laundering. Jury acquittal of money laundering charge; guilty of one count of FCPA violation and one count of false statements. Second Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court appeals, post-conviction proceedings. (Co-counsel with partner Saskia Jordan)

Hogan Lovells (2007 - 2013) Trial, appellate and arbitration proceedings in civil malpractice and contract actions. General Steel Domestic Sales, LLC v. Hogan & Hartson, LLP, 230 P.3d 1275 (Colo. App. 2010).

Colorado Episcopal Diocese (2008 - 2011) Special prosecutor in ecclesiastical proceedings against a priest.

University of Colorado (1996-2004) Colorado federal patent fraud case brought by client against American Home Products division (now Wyeth). Tried in 1996 to verdict ($45M judgment), reversed on appeal, retried in 2001 to verdict ($58M judgment), affirmed by Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court (2004)

Kobe Bryant (2003-2004) Colorado state charge of sexual assault and related civil suit. Case dismissed during jury selection. (Co-counsel with partner Pamela Mackey)

McGraw-Hill (2003) Colorado federal criminal investigation of false statement allegations. No indictment.

Qwest Communications (2002-2010) Colorado federal criminal investigation of securities fraud and numerous internal investigations conducted for the corporation. No corporate indictment.

Facilities Manager, BP Alaska Division (1998-99) Alaska federal criminal investigation of environmental crimes. No charges against client. (Co-counsel with partner Pamela Mackey)

Boeing Corp (1997-2003) Federal criminal investigation and Texas federal suit under qui tam statute for false claims relating to nuclear bomber aircraft components. No criminal charges filed. Qui tam suit settled in 2003.

John Ramsey (1996-Present) Colorado state grand jury investigation into murder of Jon Benet Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was publicly exonerated by District Attorney in July 2008, after DNA testing.

President, Summitville Mining Co. (1994-2002) Colorado federal criminal investigation and federal CERCLA suit brought by United States for alleged environmental crimes. Civil suit settled for $22M, no criminal charges filed against President. (lead counsel in criminal investigation, co-counsel with Jim Lyons in the civil CERCLA suit)

OEA, Inc. (1994-95) Colorado federal criminal indictment of public corporation for environmental crimes. Corporation pled guilty and paid a fine. (co-counsel with partner Bryan Morgan)

Mobil Oil (1993-96), multiple state and federal class action suits alleging ADEA violations and pension fraud. Claims against Mobil were dismissed after protracted trial court proceedings and several state and federal court appeals. (Co-counsel with Michael Tigar)

Arthur Andersen (1992) indicted for Colorado state tax fraud. Dismissed. (Co-counsel with partner Lee Foreman)

Wrongful death suit (helicopter crash) in Colorado state court vs. public utility on behalf of passenger's widow (1990-93) Jury verdict of $3.5M, affirmed on appeal.

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (1990-91) Colorado state charges of sexual assault, possession of explosives, possession of drugs. Case dismissed after preliminary hearing. Personal Representative of Hunter S. Thompson Estate. (2005-2008)

Rockwell International Corporation (1989-98) Defended the corporation in the Rocky Flats federal environmental crime investigation and related qui tam action (Colorado) (pled guilty to corporate criminal charges in 1992, 18.5M fine); Defended the corporation in a 1992-94 Iowa federal indictment alleging time charge fraud. Dismissed. Defended the corporation in a 1995-96 Texas federal criminal grand jury investigation of quality fraud. No indictment. Internal investigations conducted for the corporation.

President of Unichem (1988-90), investigation of federal RCRA criminal violations in Wyoming. President exonerated, corporation convicted.

President of Excellair (1988-1995) Federal civil antitrust case (Colorado) brought by United States against Excellair and its President for allegedly monopolizing local air commerce. Trial to court began in 1989 and continued incrementally until 1995. President settled for $25,000 prior to verdict.

Kiewit and its CEO sued civilly in Colorado for bid rigging. (1988-89) Settled.

Kiewit executive charged (1987) with Colorado and New Mexico federal crimes arising from allegedly using an MBE subcontractor to rig a bid. Jury acquittal.

President of Cattle King (1986-88), charged with federal environmental and meat inspection crimes in Colorado. President pled guilty to a misdemeanor.

Kiewit executive charged (1985) with Colorado federal criminal antitrust violations (bid rigging) in Colorado. Jury acquittal.

PUBLICATIONS

  • "Representing a Celebrity Criminal Defendant." 33 Litigation Magazine, No. 4, p. 19 (2007)
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